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. Volume XXIII Number 31. . . April 21, 2017
As the subtitle of this book states, Temple Grandin is a pioneer for animal rights and autism awareness, and she grew up in a time when autism was not well understood or treated effectively. A non verbal child, Temple was diagnosed at age four with autism, only seven years after the disorder was first identified. This biography outlines her life, challenges, and accomplishments through five small chapters, interspersed with facts and photos. It highlights her difficulty going through a traditional school system with classmates and teachers that didn’t understand her disorder, and how she thrived once she received teaching that catered to her style of learning. It also shows her major contributions to the farming industry in North America and to the humane treatment of animals. An author, activist, motivational speaker, and professor, Temple has lived an extraordinary life, and this book shows that, given the right support, autism doesn’t have to hold any child back.
This book would make an excellent subject of an in-class study or book report. There is lots of valuable information in the biography that many children wouldn’t have learned about or have a good understanding of prior to reading it. It also contains lots of learning tools, like facts and questions throughout, as well as a glossary of terms and writing prompts at the end. It would make a great addition to a school library or any educational collection.
The book contains many photos of Temple Grandin and places that were significant in her life. The cover image is of Temple’s face but, for someone who is not familiar with her life and work, does not clearly illustrate what this book is about. There are images within the book of Temple public speaking or on a farm interacting with animals that might have been more immediately indicative of the subject matter and potentially more engaging for a child as a cover image.
A resident of Winnipeg, MB, Alison Schroeder has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and is a lover of children’s books.
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